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Women’s Day is behind us, but the subjects of gender equality and equal opportunity are of year-round concern. This, the first part of a special two-part CEE Legal Matters article on women in private practice in CEE, provides the numbers and percentages from leading law firms across CEE, as well as a more thorough snapshot of one representative market. Part II of the report, in the June issue, will pull back the curtain even more, providing feedback and perspectives from lawyers across the region.

The Cathay Associates network of law offices, which was launched by the Chinese boutique Kejie Law Office in September 20015, reports 9 CEE members. The network was initiated to offer global coverage, with a special focus on China and cross-border matters.

On November 2, 2015, Lithuania's SKV Law law firm has become a member of the CEE Attorneys network of law firms already operating in the Czech Republic, Poland, and the Slovak Republic.

It would be almost impossible to write this editorial without mentioning the hottest economic topic in Slovakia at the moment: Land Rover’s intention to open a production plant in Slovakia, which some are calling the investment of the decade in the country.

Prague-based Tomicek Legal has announced that it and Bratislava-based Fox Martens have founded the CEE Attorneys network, which aims to "provide superior legal services to its clients in the whole Central European region through a group of cooperating law firms.”

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Allen & Overy has announced that Attila Csongrady will be re-joining the firm as Counsel in the firm's CEE English law Banking and Finance practice.